Title: Before Sunrise
Author Name & Publisher: Bryan T. Clark (Cornbread Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: March 2, 2016 — 330 Pages
Just Before Sunrise, as the fog lifts from the pool, the light reveals the tapered backs of male swimmers in Speedos concluding their morning workout.
Nicky O’Hare, a promising freshman recruited to the Tampa Bay University swim team, shows promise both in and out of the pool. The lean Irish kid with the ‘boy-next-door’ good looks from Brandy, South Dakota, is likely the most talented swimmer on the team. Ready to experience all that college life has to offer, Nicky has even put finding a boyfriend on his wish list.
Coach Philip Silva, a former Olympic swimmer with a once-impressive swimming career, has recruited Nicky as part of his mission to rebuild the University’s failing swim program. Focused on the upcoming season, Philip’s real challenge will be keeping his secrets and demons submerged below the surface.
All seems well until one night when Nicky and Philip end up at the same Fourth of July celebration. With fireworks in the sky, the hot and humid night reveals the attraction between the two. But can these boundaries be crossed? Suddenly forced to reevaluate his life, Philip is met with the moral dilemma of discovering true love with the University’s rising star.
Before Sunrise presents a story of friendships, love, complicated relationships, and deception, woven into an unexpected ending.
I found this book to be very slow, wordy and sometimes very boring. I wanted to feel the connection between the characters but as hard as I tried I just couldn’t through most of the book, I ended up skimming. And then how everything was tied up really fast with a nice bow at the end. How you can be so wordy through the whole book and then just end things all nice and pretty is just beyond me.
Behind his keyboard working on his next novel, Bryan writes gay fiction with an emphasis on a moral dilemmas and M/M romance.
On the rare occasions he isn’t writing, Bryan enjoys traveling, following his husband around the state of California to various equestrian competitions, lying by a body of water soaking up the sun, and watching a good movie while snuggled up with his husband and dog on the couch.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Bryan now resides in the Central Valley of California with his husband of over thirty years and their four legged loyal companion.